Front Row Boston is WGBH's music video series that presents immersive concert experiences with performances by emerging and exceptional artists across multiple genres. Primarily shot with handheld cameras — no soundstages, no second takes, the program is capturing the most authentic, first-person experience, and is putting you in the front row at some of the best Boston venues. Here are the 5 most-watched Front Row Boston videos of 2018.
1. Tash Sultana — Live at the Paradise Rock Club
Tash Sultana performed a sold-out set at the Paradise, and sat down with us before the show to talk to about the inspiration behind some of her songs, her journey from street busker to touring the world and her struggles with mental illness.
2. Jason Isbell — Live at House of Blues Boston
Jason Isbell, winner of two Grammy Awards in 2016 (Best Americana Album & Best American Roots Song), performed an incredibly energetic show in front of a sold-out crowd at the House of Blues.
3. Dermot Kennedy — In Studio
2018 NPR Slingshot artist Dermot Kennedy stopped by our Fraser Performance Studio, on a blazing hot August afternoon, to perform a powerfully intimate set featuring two songs on guitar and two on piano.
4. Mandolin Orange — Live at Fraser
Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz formed Mandolin Orange in 2009 and built a fanbase around their unique blend of Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, Gospel, Country, and Pop. A few hundred select WGBH members got the chance to experience this special performance in our Fraser Performance Studio.
5. Punch Brothers — Live at House of Blues Boston
Punch Brothers performed live for the third time at House of Blues Boston (second time for Front Row Boston). Adorned with tiki cocktails and Hawaiian leis, the acoustic quintet delivered a set that encompassed both fan favorites as well as performing nearly the entire new album.